Category Archives: Television

The Entertainment Forecast

Jan. 27 – Feb. 4

Top picks to watch & more!

Buffy’s back, Jason Segel’s a shrink & Ryan Seacrest’s scary nanny tale

Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to TV in ‘Wolf Pack.’

All times Eastern.

FRIDAY, Jan. 27
Wolf Pack
Buffy’s back! Kinda. A teenage boy and girl find their lives changed forever when a raging California wildfire awakens a terrifying supernatural creature. The new series stars Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Sarah Michelle Gellar, plus Rodrigo Santoro, Armani Jackson and Bella Shepard (Paramount+).

You People
Jonah Hill, David Duchovny, Nia Long, Rhea Pearlman, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Eddie Murphy and Elliott Gould star in this new comedy flick about culture clashes and intergenerational differences between a new couple and their families (Netflix).

Shrinking
A grieving therapist (Jason Segel) starts to break the rules when he tells his clients exactly what he’s thinking, making tumultuous changes in their lives as well as his own. With Harrison Ford and Jessica Williams (Apple TV+).

SATURDAY, Jan. 28
Frozen Planet II
Brrrrrrrrr! Venture into some of the Earth’s coldest, most remote places in this sequel series to the original, more than a decade ago, to observe (and learn from) the amazing species that live and thrive there. Narrated, of course, by David Attenborough, the “voice” of BBC nature docs…who else? (8 p.m., BBC America and AMC+).

NOW HEAR THIS

The sweet, soulful, socially conscious sound of one of America’s most celebrated singer-songwriters travels through time in Marvin Gaye’s Greatest Hits Live in 1976 (Mercury). The remastered release, available on vinyl and CD and originally recorded in Amsterdam, features more than 20 tracks, including performance of “What’s Going On,” “Save the Children,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “It Takes Two.”

The iconic poet of a generation is now 81, but his music is still going strong in Bob Dylan’s Fragments (Sony). The five-disc collection from the acclaimed Dylan Bootleg Series features songs-in-progress and other tracks that were eventually recorded for his mid-career masterpiece, Time Out of Mind, including “Make You Feel My Love.”  

SUNDAY, Jan. 29
Fire Country
Is it getting hot in here? Or is it just this new drama series, starring Seal Team’s Max Thierot as a hunky young ex-con seeking redemption (and early release) by joining a prison firefighting program in Northern California? (10 p.m., CBS).

MONDAY, Jan. 30
Watchful Eye
Ryan Seacrest is one of the producers of this new series about a young woman (Mariel Molino) who takes a job as a nanny for an affluent family, soon discovering that everyone in the building has dark secrets and ulterior motives (9 p.m., Freeform)

Bake It Till You Make It
Contestants enter their cakes in one of the biggest events on the competitive-cooking calendar, Atlanta’s Ultimate Sugar Show (9 p.m., Food Network).

TUESDAY, Jan. 31
Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World
Everything stars somewhere, and this insightful four-part documentary series recounts the origins of the bold and revolutionary musical format that became a cultural phenomenon, featuring interviews with rap icons Chuck D, Ice-T, Run DMC, will.i.am, Cypress Hill and many more (check listings, PBS).

Pamela: A Love Story
New documentary humanizes Pamela Anderson, above, who became one entertainment world’s most famous blonde bombshells—the actress, model and Baywatch star whose marriage to rock drummer Tommy Lee didn’t last…but their stolen sex tape sure did (Netflix).  

BRING IT HOME

They’re young, they’re in love and they eat people. The acclaimed Bones And All (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) is a road movie, a love story and a tale of two young outcasts (Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell) on the move for their next meal, served extremely rare. Who’s hungry?

THURSDAY, Feb. 2
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder
Second season of the dramatic/comedy series about the Black experience begins tonight, with Gabrielle Union, Chance the Rapper, Leslie Odom Jr., Anthony Anderson, Holly Robinson Peete, Maury Povich and more (Disney +)

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
The hit movie comes to streaming tonight, starring Angela Bassett, left, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, and emotional flashback scenes with the late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman (Disney+).

18 ½
New Watergate-themed real-life dramedy—a companion of sorts to the limited series Gaslit—follows a young woman (Willa Fitzgerald) in the Nixon White House who tries to leak the president’s notoriously incriminating tape to a reporter. With Bruce Campbell as Nixon, plus Richard Kind, Jon Cryer and John Magaro (5:11 p.m., Starz).

The Reading
New thriller produced by Lee Daniels stars Mo’Nique Hicks as a recent widow who stirs up an evil spirit with her book about her family’s loss (BET+).

The Entertainment Forecast

Jan. 20 – Jan. 26

Top picks to watch on broadcast TV and streaming

The origins of Iron Man, suspicious Playboy murders & Natasha Lyonne knows when you’re lying!

See how it all began with ‘Iron Man’ on The Wonderful World of Disney Sunday night, Jan. 22.

All times Eastern.

FRIDAY, Jan. 20
Truth Be Told
Octavia Spencer returns to the role of investigative reporter-turned-true-crime podcaster Poppy Scoville to take on a new case in season three of the acclaimed, NAACP award-winning drama. With Gabrielle Union (Apple TV+).

Real Time with Bill Maher
The talk-show host/comedian begins his 21st season with more guests, panelists and prickly topics (10 p.m., HBO).

SATURDAY, Jan. 21
Love & Marriage: DC
A new power couple joins the group of the reality show in season two, from producer Oprah Winfrey, exploring romance in Washington (8 p.m., Own).

BRING IT HOME

Santa opens up a big bag of holiday whoopass in Violent Night (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment). Stranger ThingsDavid Harbour stars as a St. Nick pushed way past cookies and milk when he finds himself in the middle of a violent home invasion. It’s rollicking, naughty-nice fun.

SUNDAY, Jan. 22
Accused
Collection of stories of crime and punishment is based on a hit BBC series, with each tale presented from the defendant’s point of view—and you watch as the wheels of justice spin. (9 p.m., Fox).

The Wonderful World of Disney: Iron Man
Well, it’s a few thousand pop-cultural miles away from Peter Pan, Snow White and The Jungle Book, but tonight’s franchise-launching superhero saga (from 2008) is a slam-bang comic-book fairy tale sprung to big-screen life as a billionaire-genius industrialist (Robert Downey Jr.) builds a metal suit and becomes a global crime-fighter (8 p.m., ABC).

MONDAY, Jan. 23
The Lazarus Project
Imagine a secret organization, one that has figured out to turn back the hands of time whenever humanity is threatened with extinction. This eight-episode drama series ponders the existential question: If you had the power to change the past, would you? Should you? (9 p.m., TNT). 

Judy Justice
Manhattain’s honorable Judy Sheindlin—formerly known as simply Judge Judy, who began her TV sessions way back in 1996—arbitrates a new slate of small-claim cases with wisdom-tempered wit, candor and honesty (Amazon Freevee).


The Playboy Murders
Former Playboy bunny Holly Madison hosts this true-crime anthology series probing the dark side of the popular men’s magazine—and a series of murders and mysteries that intersected with it (ID and Discovery+). 

TUESDAY, Jan. 24
How I Met Your Father
Comedy series returns for a second season with Hilary Duff (left) recounting to her son how she met his papa in her younger years. With Kim Cattrall, Ashley Reyes and Josh Peck (Hulu).

American Masters: Roberta Flack
An intimate look at the music icon following her career from a piano lounge to the top of the charts, with such hits as “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Killing Me Softly.” Features interviews from Flack, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Peabo Bryson and more (9 p.m., PBS).

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25
Grown-ish
Junior isn’t making enough money, so he starts up a new stock market side hustle, while Lauryn stops singing to focus on finding more substantial work (10:30 p.m., Freeform).

THURSDAY, Jan. 26
The 1619 Project
Six-part streaming docuseries looks at the institution of slavery and traces its historical consequences in the development of America (Hulu).


She knows when you’re not telling the truth!

Poker Face
Natasha Lyonne stars in this new streaming series as a young woman with an uncanny ability tell when someone is lying, who becomes a crime-solver in different places and scenarios for each episode. Guest appearances by Tim Blake Nelson, Adrien Brody, Nick Nolte and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Peacock).

—Neil Pond

The Entertainment Forecast

Jan. 13 – Jan. 19

Top picks to watch & more!

All times Eastern.

Dog Gone. Rob Lowe as John in Dog Gone. Cr. Bob Mahoney/Netflix © 2022.

FRIDAY, Jan. 13
Dog Gone
Rob Lowe and Kimberly Williams star in this network movie about a father’s desperate search for his son and his canine when they become lost hiking the Appalachian trail (Netflix).

Super League: The War for Football
Documentary documents the high-stakes battle put into play when plans for a breakaway league emerges and the fate and future of European football hangs in the balance (Apple TV+).

SATURDAY, Jan. 14
Six Minutes to Glory: The HBCU Band Experience
Documentary series spotlights Black marching bands of HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) in a high-stakes halftime competition in Atlanta, Ga. (8 p.m., Aspire TV).

SUNDAY, Jan. 15
The Critics Choice Awards
Chelsea Handler hosts this freewheeling movie-awards event, voted by print and broadcast critics, which has become a bellwether for the Oscars. And actor Jeff Bridges will receive the org’s Lifetime Achievement Award (7 p.m., The CW). 


The Last of Us
Twenty years after civilization has been destroyed, a hardened survivor (Pedro Pascal) embarks on a brutal journey with a teenage girl (Bella Ramsey) in this apocalyptic-adventure series (9 p.m., HBO).


Meet the (older) women looking for love in ‘Milf Manor’!

Milf Manor
Here’s a new twist on dating shows: A group of 40-to-60-year-old women compete for hot young(er) hunks at a posh beachside resort in Mexico. Hubba hubba! (10 p.m., TLC).

Your Honor
Bryan Cranston returns for season two of the taut crime drama, as his character (a former federal judge) faces new complications with an old nemesis, crime boss Jimmy Baxter (Michael Stuhlbarg), and the arrival of a prosecutor (Rosie Perez) determined to get to the bottom of things (9 p.m., Showtime).  0tfc

MONDAY, Jan. 16
The Price of Glee
Discover the harsh downside of the fame—endless scandals, tabloid gossip and fatal tragedies—that came with the hit musical series Glee in this three-part limited series (9 p.m., ID).


The Miracle Workers: End Times
It’s a miracle. Well, maybe, not exactly. But it is the newest installment of the caustically witty series in which the same actors (Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Viswanathan and Karan Soni) return each season, but as all-new characters in brand-new scenarios. This one is set in a dystopian future overrun with radioactive mutants, killer robots and a tyrannical homeowner’s association with outrageous fees (10 p.m., TBS).

TUESDAY, Jan. 17
9-1-1: Lone Star
Join the emergency response units of Austin, Texas, in season four of this drama-series spinoff of the hit L.A.-based 9-1-1 (8 p.m., Fox).


The Hammer
Reba McEntire reunites in this network original movie with her former TV costar Melissa Peterman to play an outspoken, no-nonsense lawyer appointed as a traveling judge in Nevada—based on a real character, and a true story (8 p.m., Lifetime).

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18
The Cupcake Guys
Find out how a pair of NFL football stars (former Tennessee Titans teammates Brian Griffin and Brian Orakpo) became bakery kings, owning and operating their own franchise of Gigi’s Cupcakes in Austin, Texas (Roku Channel).


Grown-ish
Zoey and Aaron have an unexpected run-in at the San Francisco airport, making them re-evaluate the pros and cons of long-distance relationships (10:30 p.m., Freeform).

THURSDAY, Jan. 19
Are You the One?
Kamie Crawford hosts season two of this big-budget dating competition series, which offers a houseful of recently single men and women from all over the world opportunities to find their soulmates—and split a massive cash prize (Paramont+).

New faces reboot ‘That 70s Show’ two decades later: Mace Coronel, Callie Haverda, Ashley Aufderheide, Reyn Doi, Maxwell Acee Donovan and Sam Morelos

That 90s Show
It’s back! Sort of. This spinoff (of the teen sitcom That ‘70s Show) returns now 15 years later, a bit older and wiser, but just as wildly funny. Starring anew generation of “kids” in the setting of Point Place, Wisc. (Netflix).

The Entertainment Forecast

Jan. 6 – 12

The week’s top picks for TV, books and home entertainment

Dan Rather interviews Trisha Yearwood as part of an all-day programming block about country music’s most acclaimed female artists.

FRIDAY, Jan. 6


All the Single Ladies
Taking its title from the Beyonce hit, this new unscripted reality series features Black women across the nation discussing intimacy, dating, sex and love in the modern world (9 p.m., Own).

Rose (left) is one of the “Single Ladies” in the new series taking its title from the Beyonce hit.

Boys in Blue
Docuseries follows a high school football team coached by officers in Minneapolis following the police killing of George Floyd (8 p.m., Showtime). The Pale Blue Eye
Christian Bale stars as a detective investigating a savage murder at an 1830s military academy (Netflix)

SATURDAY, Jan. 7
Svengoolie Classic Horror & Sci-Fi Movie
The classic kooky spooky-movie series expands tonight to two and a half hours, with more corny jokes, fan mail, interviews, special guests and surprises. Tonight’s film is the Vincent Price/Boris Karloff classic The Raven, which includes in its cast a very young Jack Nicholson! (8 p.m., MeTV).

The Women of Country
Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna Judd, Lady A, Tanya Tucker and more are featured this all-day programming “stack” of specials, interviews and concert events from country music’s top female artists (begins 12 p.m., AXS TV).

Alert
New police procedural set in the Philadelphia PD’s Missing Persons department stars Hawaii Five-O’s Scott Caan and Diana Ramirez (right) from Devious Maids (8 p.m., Fox).

SUNDAY, Jan. 8
Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches
This new series in the “Anne Rice Immortal Universe” is based on the best-selling author’s best-selling trilogy, Lives of Mayfair Witches, focusing on a young neurosurgeon (Alexandra Daddario) who discovers she’s the unlikely heir to a supernaturally gifted family (9 p.m., AMC and AMC+).

READ ALL ABOUT IT

Singing legend Roberta Flack details the beginning of her love of music (and the roots of her tremendous talent) in The Green Piano: How Little Me Found Music (Anne Schwartz Books). About how she started with a beat-up piano her father found in a junkyard, it’s written and illustrated for young kids, but the testimony is ageless: Music can change lives. It certainly did for the “Killing Me Softly with His Song” superstar.

MONDAY, Jan. 9
NCIS Crossover
If you can’t get enough of crime procedurals, well, tonight’s your night. Tune for this three-hour TV event in which the casts and plotlines of NCIS, NCIS: Hawali and NCIS Los Angeles intersect and overlap (8 p.m., CBS).

I Didn’t See You There
Acclaimed documentary takes viewers inside the life of a disabled person, using only footage shot from his personal perspective in a wheelchair, often “invisible” to those around him. It’s moving and mesmerizing (10 p.m., PBS).

TUESDAY, Jan. 10
The Rookie
The search for a missing boy leads the team into the middle of a dangerous drug war between two rival gangs. With Nathan Fillion and Alyssa Diaz (8 p.m., ABC).

NEW ON DVD

Get reacquainted with country star Tanya Tucker in The Return of Tanya Tucker (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), an insightful documentary about the “Delta Dawn” singer on her recent comeback trail, aided by Americana singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile.

Dwayne Johnson brings a new superhero to the screen in Black Adam (Warner Bros Home Entertainment), based on a character that originally appeared in the 1940s and reappeared in the 1970s as a bad guy, an archenemy to Captain Marvel and other Marvel superheroes. Pssssst: He’s still a badass, just not so bad anymore.

She Said (Universal Home Entertainment) is the riveting true-life story of two intrepid New York Times reporters (Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan) broke open the story of Hollywood’s biggest sexual abuser, Harvey Weinstein.

WEDNESDAY, June 11
Celebrity Name That Tune
Star contestants test their musical knowledge in a new season of this one-hour game show hosted by Jane Krakowski (9 p.m., Fox).

Superkitties
If your kid’s a cat person, they’ll love this new animated series about four cute and cuddly kittens—with superpowers! Mee-oww, it sounds marvelous! (10.30 a.m., Disney Channel).

The Traitors
Actor Alan Cumming hosts this new streaming competition in which a group of 20 contestants vie for a sizeable cash prize. The catch, though—three of them are “traitors” trying to devise a deceitful plan to cheat and steal their way to victory (Peacock).

THURSDAY, June 12

The Vikings are coming…back!

Vikings: Valhalla
The gritty hit series returns for a second season of 11th century Scandinavian raids, sword-rattling and ice-covered adventure. Sam Corlett stars as legendary explore Leif Eriksson (Netflix).

How I Caught My Killer
New true-crime docuseries highlight real-life stories of unique homicides and the crucial clues that help crack each case (Hulu).

The Climb
Actor Jason Momoa and legendary rock climber Chris Sharma host this new climbing competition series, as contestants scale some of the most daunting summits in the world in hopes of clinching a $100,000 prize (HBO and HBO Max).

—Neil Pond

The Entertainment Forecast

Jan. 6 – 12

The week’s top picks for TV, books and home entertainment

Dan Rather interviews Trisha Yearwood as part of an all-day programming block about country music’s most acclaimed female artists.

FRIDAY, Jan. 6


All the Single Ladies
Taking its title from the Beyonce hit, this new unscripted reality series features Black women across the nation discussing intimacy, dating, sex and love in the modern world (9 p.m., Own).

Rose (left) is one of the “Single Ladies” in the new series taking its title from the Beyonce hit.

Boys in Blue
Docuseries follows a high school football team coached by officers in Minneapolis following the police killing of George Floyd (8 p.m., Showtime). The Pale Blue Eye
Christian Bale stars as a detective investigating a savage murder at an 1830s military academy (Netflix)

SATURDAY, Jan. 7
Svengoolie Classic Horror & Sci-Fi Movie
The classic kooky spooky-movie series expands tonight to two and a half hours, with more corny jokes, fan mail, interviews, special guests and surprises. Tonight’s film is the Vincent Price/Boris Karloff classic The Raven, which includes in its cast a very young Jack Nicholson! (8 p.m., MeTV).

The Women of Country
Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna Judd, Lady A, Tanya Tucker and more are featured this all-day programming “stack” of specials, interviews and concert events from country music’s top female artists (begins 12 p.m., AXS TV).

Alert
New police procedural set in the Philadelphia PD’s Missing Persons department stars Hawaii Five-O’s Scott Caan and Diana Ramirez (right) from Devious Maids (8 p.m., Fox).

SUNDAY, Jan. 8
Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches
This new series in the “Anne Rice Immortal Universe” is based on the best-selling author’s best-selling trilogy, Lives of Mayfair Witches, focusing on a young neurosurgeon (Alexandra Daddario) who discovers she’s the unlikely heir to a supernaturally gifted family (9 p.m., AMC and AMC+).

READ ALL ABOUT IT

Singing legend Roberta Flack details the beginning of her love of music (and the roots of her tremendous talent) in The Green Piano: How Little Me Found Music (Anne Schwartz Books). About how she started with a beat-up piano her father found in a junkyard, it’s written and illustrated for young kids, but the testimony is ageless: Music can change lives. It certainly did for the “Killing Me Softly with His Song” superstar.

MONDAY, Jan. 9
NCIS Crossover
If you can’t get enough of crime procedurals, well, tonight’s your night. Tune for this three-hour TV event in which the casts and plotlines of NCIS, NCIS: Hawali and NCIS Los Angeles intersect and overlap (8 p.m., CBS).

I Didn’t See You There
Acclaimed documentary takes viewers inside the life of a disabled person, using only footage shot from his personal perspective in a wheelchair, often “invisible” to those around him. It’s moving and mesmerizing (10 p.m., PBS).

TUESDAY, Jan. 10
The Rookie
The search for a missing boy leads the team into the middle of a dangerous drug war between two rival gangs. With Nathan Fillion and Alyssa Diaz (8 p.m., ABC).

NEW ON DVD

Get reacquainted with country star Tanya Tucker in The Return of Tanya Tucker (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), an insightful documentary about the “Delta Dawn” singer on her recent comeback trail, aided by Americana singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile.

Dwayne Johnson brings a new superhero to the screen in Black Adam (Warner Bros Home Entertainment), based on a character that originally appeared in the 1940s and reappeared in the 1970s as a bad guy, an archenemy to Captain Marvel and other Marvel superheroes. Pssssst: He’s still a badass, just not so bad anymore.

WEDNESDAY, June 11
Celebrity Name That Tune
Star contestants test their musical knowledge in a new season of this one-hour game show hosted by Jane Krakowski (9 p.m., Fox).

Superkitties
If your kid’s a cat person, they’ll love this new animated series about four cute and cuddly kittens—with superpowers! Mee-oww, it sounds marvelous! (10.30 a.m., Disney Channel).

The Traitors
Actor Alan Cumming hosts this new streaming competition in which a group of 20 contestants vie for a sizeable cash prize. The catch, though—three of them are “traitors” trying to devise a deceitful plan to cheat and steal their way to victory (Peacock).

THURSDAY, June 12

The Vikings are coming…back!

Vikings: Valhalla
The gritty hit series returns for a second season of 11th century Scandinavian raids, sword-rattling and ice-covered adventure. Sam Corlett stars as legendary explore Leif Eriksson (Netflix).

How I Caught My Killer
New true-crime docuseries highlight real-life stories of unique homicides and the crucial clues that help crack each case (Hulu).

The Climb
Actor Jason Momoa and legendary rock climber Chris Sharma host this new climbing competition series, as contestants scale some of the most daunting summits in the world in hopes of clinching a $100,000 prize (HBO and HBO Max).

—Neil Pond

The Entertainment Forecast

Dec. 30 – Jan. 5

Top picks for TV, books, music & more!

All Times Eastern.

Will Young Sheldon drop out of college????? Watch Thursday night, Jan. 5, to find out!

FRIDAY, Dec. 30


Wildcat
If you fell under the spell of The Tiger King, you’ll purr over this documentary, about a couple of animal conservationists caring for an orphaned African wildcat (Amazon Prime).

Island
Korean fantasy series, set on the tropical Jeju Island, taps into legends and folklore as it follows a group of young characters fighting an evil force that threatens to destroy the world (Prime Video). 

SATURDAY, Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash
Yep, it’s big, all right. Ring out the old and usher in the new, Nashville-style, with performances all over Music City by Brooks and Dunn, Sheryl Crow, Elle King, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Kelsi Ballerini and more (10:30 p.m., CBS).

United in Song: Ringing in the New Year Together
With so many things dividing us, how about something to bring us all together? This holiday special celebrates America’s rich diversity in music, from folk, rock, opera and country to hip hop, showtunes, bluegrass and beyond (8 p.m., PBS).

Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest
It’s nearly a 20-year tradition as hosts Ryan Seacrest, Billy Porter, Liza Koshy and singing superstar Ciara anchor down in New York City’s Times Square—and beyond, in a pre-taped Disneyland segment—for this festive, fun celebration of stars, music, and fireworks! (8 p.m., ABC)

Lizzo Live in Concert
The world’s most rockin’, rappin’ flautist gives a full concert with her band, The Lizzbians, and special guests from the Kia Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (HBO Max).

A Toast to Twilight
It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve with a marathon of Twilight Zone episodes, and your cup will runneth over for this one, featuring 84 back-to-back episodes of creator Rod Serling’s sci-fi TV masterpieces and sparkling with a galaxy of guest stars from the 1950s and ‘60s, including Carol Burnett, Robert Redford, Charles Bronson, Elizabeth Mongomery and (of course!) William Shatner (12 p.m., MeTV).  https://vimeo.com/777154241/3fc542d9e9

SUNDAY, Jan. 1
Paul T. Goldman
Watch the dramatized true story about a man who went “from wimp to warrior” after a shocking betrayal…and brought down an alleged international crime ring (Peacock).

Kaleidoscope
Like the object in its title, little episodic “fragments” come together bit by bit to ultimately reveal the details of a tense, heist-drama crime caper spanning 25 years. The non-linear story is inspired by real events that transpired in Manhattan, when $70 billion in bonds went missing during the chaos of Hurricane Sandy (Netflix).

Fantasy Island
Beat the winter blahs with the season two return, spun off from the iconic 1970s series, about a luxury tropical-isle resort where every dream can come true—but they rarely turn out as expected (8 p.m., Fox).

America’s Got Talent All-Stars
Cue the magicians, the singers, the jugglers, the dancers, the aerialists. Winners, finalists, fan faves and viral sensations from around the world—and AGT’s global franchises—return for this new series to compete for the hit TV competition’s ultimate All-Star title (8 p.m., Jan. 2)

TUESDAY, Jan. 3
FBI
The team jumps into action when an intelligence officer (Taylor Anthony) is taken hostage (8 p.m., CBS).

Sometimes When We Touch
Three-part soft-rock documentary explores the retro roots of the format that spawned such 1970s acts as Air Supply, Ambrosia, Christopher Cross, Kenny Loggins and many others in the 1970s—and ultimately crashed and burned in the ‘80s, only to stage an unlikely comeback later as “yacht rock” (Paramount+).

American Experience: The Lie Detector
You’ve seen it in the movies and on TV, but how much do you know about the device that knows if you’re telling the truth—or lying? This documentary takes you in the history, and the science, of the device that revolutionized police work…and more (9 p.m., PBS).  

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4
Tough as Nails
In tonight’s two-hour premiere, host Phil Keoghan welcomes another hard-working crew to compete—in challenges designed to represent real-world work—for the $200,000 grand prize and prove that they’re, well, as tough as nails (9 p.m., CBS).

Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street
Meet the man behind the infamous $64 billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, the largest in history, that swingled countless investors who put their misplaced trust in the revered financial guru (Netflix). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k31dKoFsniU

Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test
This “social experiment” competition premieres tonight with a two-hour kickoff in which a group of famous and semi-famous celebs (including Jamie Lynn Spears, Dr. Drew Pinsky and Anthony Scaramucci) trade spotlight glam for gutsy gung-ho grit in a series of challenges from the Special Forces playbook (8 p.m., Fox).

THURSDAY, Jan. 5

Ginny & Georgia
Season two of the comedy-drama series features Brianne Howrey and Antonia Gentry (right) returning to their roles as a New England daughter and her mom, now dealing with a deadly secret (Netflix).

Young Sheldon
Sheldon (Iain Armitage) considers dropping out of college to focus on building his own computer database (9 p.m., CBS).

Kold x Windy
Not a weather forecast, as the title suggests, but rather an eight-episode scripted drama series about the street culture of Chicago’s south side, following a rising hip hop star (Sh’Kia Augustin) and her rapper friend (Nijah Brenea) (10 p.m., WeTV).

The Entertainment Forecast

Dec. 23 – 29

Top picks to watch this week on network & streaming!

Don’t shoot your eye out, Kevin Hart rings out the old & stars salute Paul Simon

The stars come out to honor singer-songwriter Paul Simon and his decades of music.

FRIDAY, Dec. 23
24th Annual A Home for the Holidays at the Grove
Celebrity guest appearances by Little Big Town, Gloria Estefan, Andy Grammer, David Foster and more help draw attention (and raise funds) in this annual entertainment special spotlighting adoption and foster care (8 p.m., CBS).

Strange World
Animated Disney hit comes to streaming, featuring voices of Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Lucy Liu and others in a lively tale of a motley crew of explorers navigating a mysterious new land Disney+).

2022 Back that Year Up
Hosts Kevin Hart and Kenan Thompson find the funny in recapping the year’s highlights, all the stuff that we remember, and some things we might like to forget (Peacock). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyseaJEucrI

SATURDAY, Dec. 24
Rock into Christmas!
Deck the halls with more than 12 hours of seasonal concert specials, from Sting, Faith Hill, Heart, Chris Isaak and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (begins 1 p.m., AXS).

A Christmas Story
Settle in for what has become a modern-day Christmas-classic tradition: The 24-hour marathon of this 1983 holiday comedy, about a young boy whose only Christmas wish is for a Red Ryder BB gun (8 p.m., TBS and TNT).  

SUNDAY, Dec. 25
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Animated short film, based on the internationally best-selling book, follows an unlikely friendship between a boy and animals as he searches for a home. With voices by Tom Hollander, Idris Elba, Gabriel Byrne and Jude Coward Nicoll (AppleTV+).

Disney Park’s Magical Christmas Parade
After you unwrap your Santa goodies, join this festive tour of holiday fun and all things Christmas in Walt Disney World and Disneyland, including celebrity guests (10 a.m., ABC)

MONDAY, Dec. 26
Bake It Till You Make It
Master cake artist Duff Goldman narrates this new docuseries providing an inside look at the world of competitive baking—and the enthusiastic, sometimes over-the-top personalities who participate, hoping for a baking “big break” (9 p.m., Food Network). 

TUESDAY, Dec. 27
American Masters: Groucho & Cavett
New documentary explores the relationship between comedy icon Groucho Marx and TV personality Dick Cavett in the late 1960s with archival TV footage, interviews and recordings (check listings, PBS).

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28
Homeward Bound: A Grammy Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon
TV tribute special to the 16-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, with performances of his hits by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, Eric Church, the Jonas Brothers, Billy Porter, Sting and many others (8 p.m., CBS).

Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl
Live-concert experience at the iconic venue brings together the original voice cast of the Oscar-winning Disney hit movie performing its songs with an 80-piece orchestra, 50 dancers and special theatrical effects. But we don’t talk about Bruno! (Disney+).

THURSDAY, Dec. 29
Stab That Cake!
Bakers compete to see if their hyper-realistic faux cakes can fool anyone when placed right next to the real-deal confections in the grocery store (9 p.m., Cooking Channel).

The Entertainment Forecast

Dec. 16 -22

A new ‘Yellowstone’ prequel, Metallica rocks for charity & Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden

Harrison Ford as Jacob Dutton in 1923 streaming on Paramount+ 2022. Photo Credit: James Minchin III/Paramount+

Harrison Ford saddles up as Jacob Dutton for ‘1923,’ the new installment in the ‘Yellowstone’ franchise


FRIDAY, Nov. 16
Love after Lockup
Is there romance after time behind bars? This reality series, headed tonight into its new season, explores couples who met when they were doing time, and what happens now that they’re free (9 p.m., WEtv).

Metallica Presents: The Helping Hands Concert
The iconic, hard-rocking metalheads join with the young Zep-inspired band Greta van Fleet for this charity show to raise funds fighting hunger around the globe (Paramount+).

Litvinenko
If you think being an international spy is all glamorous, James Bond stuff, watch this true-story documentary about the 2006 poisoning of Russian agent and the 10-year hunt for his murderer (AMC+ and Sundance Now).

SUNDAY, Dec. 18
The Sound of Music
Lift your holiday spirits with this classic song-filled, Oscar-winning 1965 movie (which has become a Christmas-time TV staple) based on the Rogers & Hammerstein Broadway musical. Sing along with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and the rest of the cast to “Edelweiss,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi” and other soundtrack favorites. Fun fact: Plummer intensely detested working on the film, cynically referring to it as “The Sound of Mucus” and describing acting alongside Andrews, his sweet costar, as “like behind hit over the head with a big Valentine’s card, every day” (7 p.m., ABC).

1923
Yellowstone fans, rejoice. Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren star in this new series, the next in the popular franchise, about the origins of the Dutton ranching family in the early 20th Century—an era of the Great Depression, the end of Prohibition and historic drought (Paramount+)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SIXEy4cwiw

TUESDAY, Nov. 20
Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to All!
The best-selling female superstar with the five-octave vocal range hosts this concert special from Madison Square Garden, performing festive holiday hits—including, of course, her chart-topping seasonal favorite “All I Want for Christmas is You” (8 p.m., CBS).

NEW ON DVD

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for that special Game of Thrones fan? Then hie thee to House of the Dragon: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment). The bloody-good sequel to the groundbreaking HBO series gets the royal treatment in this 8-disc box set loaded with nine bonus features and all 10 epic episodes.

The family friendly adventure romp Secret Headquarters (Paramount Home Entertainment) stars Owen Wilson as the world’s most awesome superhero, forced back into action when kids discover his lair.

Get on The Staircase (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment), the new DVD and Blu-ray release of the hit HBO Max series about a real-life murder mystery that turned into a media circus. Starring Collin Firth and Toni Collette.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
The dang-near-indestructible espionage all-star is back for season as John Krasinski returns to the role in an action-packed race against time—and on the run from both the CIA and an underground criminal faction chasing him across Europe (Prime Video).

The Letter: A Message for Our Earth
Based on a controversial 2015 letter from Pope Francis reflecting on the precarious state of our planet, this documentary explores how global warming continues to affect people around the world (8 p.m., PBS).

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A perfect Christmas gift for all rock fans, Shot! By Rock: The Photography of Mick Rock (Weldon Owen) is a picture-packed coffee-table chronicle showcasing the wide work of the acclaimed London-based photog who “shot the Seventies” in all its rock ‘n’ roll glory.

THURSDAY, Dec. 22
The Best Man: The Final Chapters
Series based on the Universal film-comedy franchise picks up the lives of its character as midlife crisis meets later-life renaissance, relationships evolve and past grievances re-emerge. Starring Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs and Terrence Howard (Peacock).

Top Gun: Maverick
Hit the holidays on a high note with this summer’s megahit Tom Cruise flick—a long-awaited follow-up to the 1986 big-screen smash—as it soars into streaming (Paramount+).

The Entertainment Forecast

Dec. 2 – 8

Top picks for TV, books, music, home entertainment & more

A steamy new take on a romance classic, all hail country music’s king and queen, & celebs play bar games

FRIDAY, Dec. 2
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Steamy new adaptation of the classic D.H. Lawrence novel stars Emma Corwin (above) as the wealthy Englishwoman who finds that love—and marriage—ain’t what it was cracked up to be (Netflix).

Firefly Lane
Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke return to their roles for season two of the drama about lifelong best friends facing the ultimate test of their bond and wanting to nurture the other relationships in their lives (Netflix).

Pentatonix: Around the World for the Holidays
The superstar a cappella group goes on a magical musical whirlwind trip around globe in this streaming special, gathering holiday cheer and inspiration (Disney+).

SATURDAY, Dec. 3
The Great Holiday Bake War
Can a yummy recipe have all the ingredients for romance? Find out in this original network movie starring LeToya Luckett and Finesse Mitchell as contestants who meet on a holiday baking competition (9 p.m., Own).

SUNDAY, Dec. 4
Fit for Christmas
Amanda Kloots (of TV’s The Talk) executive-produced and stars in this new holiday flick as a Montana fitness instructor who falls for a mysterious businessman, complicating both of their plans (8:30 p.m., CBS).

George & Tammy
Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain star in this six-episode saga about the turbulent, often torrid relationship of superstar country music couple George Jones and Tammy Wynette (9 p.m., Showtime).


Home Town
Renovation experts Erin and Ben Napier (left) return for a new season of bringing new life to outdated homes in their own small town of Laurel, Miss. (8 p.m., HGTV).

MONDAY, Dec. 5
Barmageddon
Country star Blake Sheldon and buddy Carson Daily are the rowdy ringleaders of this wild new game show, hosted by WWE wrestling superstar Nikki Bella, pitting their celebrity friends against each other in “bar games” at Sheldon’s Old Red nightspot in Nashville. With appearances by

His Dark Materials
Season three of the series, based on the final novel in author Philip Pullman’s award-winning epic fantasy series, finds the prophesized child (Dafne Keen) venturing to a dark place as her father’s war against the Authority edges closer. With Ruth Wilson and James McAvoy (9 p.m., HBO).

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
It wouldn’t feel like the holidays without a viewing of this classic 1966 TV special, featuring the voice of Boris Karloff as the green-goblin Christmas thief transformed by the sweetness of the season (7:30 p.m., TNT).

Tiny Toony’s Christmas Carol
Get in the ha-ha holiday spirit with this Dickens-themed roundup of classic ‘toons from Popeye, Bugs Bunny, Porky the Pig and others, plus vintage holiday shorts rarely seen on broadcast TV (8 p.m., MeTV).

TUESDAY, Dec. 6
Liam Gallagher: Knebworth 22
Let’s rock! Documentary and full concert chronicles the Oasis frontman’s return to the stage at England’s iconic music venue (Paramount+).

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7
The Goldbergs
In this holiday episode, Erica buys a festive baby toy and Beverly goes full Grinch in an attempt to steal Christmas (8:30 p.m., ABC).

The Great Holiday Baking Special
Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are the judges, and Ellie Kemper and Zach Cherry host this celebrity-filled holiday special, in which you’re invited “into the tent” for a star-studded competition of whisking, baking and faking (Roku Channel).

THURSDAY, Dec. 8
CMA Country Christmas
Carly Pierce hosts this 13th annual holiday TV musical special, with performances by Steven Curtis Chapman, Scotty McCreery, Marin Morris, Old Dominion, The War and Treaty, and more, all filmed on colorful Christmas-themed sets in Nashville, Tenn. (9 p.m., CBS).

The Real Housewives of Miami
New season six of the feisty franchise drama turns up new heat in the Sunshine State with its returning high-drama housewives and some new acquaintances (Peacock).

Doom Patrol
Brendon Fraser, Matt Bomer, April Bowlby and Michelle Gomez star in season four of the action-packed series based on characters in DC Comics, about a group of people who all suffered horrible accidents that left them with superhuman abilities (HBO and HBO Max).

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Relive the smooth, spiritually-inclined grooves of the 1972 Cat Stevens’ No. 1 platinum album Catch Bull at Four—the best-selling album of his entire career—with this newly remastered vinyl 50th anniversary re-release (AME/Ume). 

The seminal sounds of the Beach Boys can be rediscovered in the new box set Sail On Sailor-1972 (Capitol/Ume). The multi-disc collection, available as both CDs and LPs, includes rarities, remastered versions of original albums from the group’s post-pop period, and a live Carnegie Hall concert.

Sweet indeed! The cast recording of the Broadway smash A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical (UMe) is a tune-filled journey through the iconic singer-songwriter’s catalog of hits, including “Sweet Caroline,” “I’m a Believer,” “Kentucky Woman,” “Solitary Man.”

Legendary former Beatle Paul McCartney sounds as great as ever on The 7” Singles Box, a new-release collection of 80 career-spanning single releases, newly remastered on CD, including “My Love,” “Live and Let Die,” “Band on the Run,” “Silly Love Songs,” plus rare mono recordings of “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” and “Too Many People.”

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Long before the #MeToo movement, Joyce Chopra was breaking down barriers in Hollywood. Find about how in Lady Director: Adventures in Hollywood, Television and Beyond (City Lights). As this new bio details, among her many other achievements, Chopra produced the first TV-movie adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ novel Blonde—beating the controversial Netflix adaptation (starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe) to the screen by 20 years.

Learn about the rockin’ roots of the music that changed the world in The Birth of Rock & Roll: The Illustrated Story of Sun Records (Wheldon Owen) by noted music journalists Peter Guralnick and Colin Escott. This lavishly illustrated coffee-table showcase details the start of a musical revolution in Memphis, Tenn., where Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, B.B. King and others churned out an explosive mix of hillbilly boogie, Beale Street blues, Southern soul and juke-joint jump at visionary producer Sam Philliips’ now-legendary studio.

The coolest cat in all of pop culture is the Bat. Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight, by Andrew Farago and Gina McIntyre (Insight Editions), spreads its wings with a lavishly illustrated tour of Batman across the spectrum of entertainment, from comic books and TV to animation and live action, video games and ultimately a franchise of blockbuster movies.

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One of TV’s hottest series is now available on Blu-ray. The sixth and final season of Better Call Saul (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) follows star Bob Odenkirk as he dramatizes the last leg of his character’s transformational journey from a former con artist into criminal lawyer Saul Goodman.

The Entertainment Forecast

Nov. 25 – Dec. 1

Top picks for TV, streaming, home entertainment & more!

Omari Hardwick & Marsai Martin star in ‘Fantasy Football.’

FRIDAY, Nov. 25
Fantasy Football
Family sports comedy film, set in a fictional world around the Atlanta Falcons, stars Marsai Martin as a young woman who can magically control the moves of her father (Omari Hardwick) on the gridiron. With Kelly Rowland (Paramount+)

Stepping into the Holidays
Mario Lopez stars as a former Broadway idol who returns to his hometown for Christmas after being fired as the host of a TV dance competition. Can he help the owner of the local dance studio (Jana Kramer) revive the burg’s annual holiday show? What do you think? (8 p.m., Lifetime).

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista reprise their movie roles in this merry Christmas adventure about the Guardians’ mission to make this Christmas an unforgettable holiday (Pratt) (Disney+).

SATURDAY, Nov. 26
Robbie the Reindeer
Animated special about a reindeer in training for the “reindeer games” to determine the coveted spots on Santa’s sleigh team (8 p.m., CBS).

Soul Train Awards
All aboard! This present-day awards event preserves the cultural legacy of the landmark 1970s series with appearances from some of the brightest stars in Black entertainment (8 p.m., BET, MTV2, VH1). 

SUNDAY, Nov. 27
Christmas Cooking Challenge
In tonight’s episode, hosts Ree Drummond and Eddie Jackson oversee talented cookie makers all trying their best to end up on Santa’s good list and go home with a $10,000 prize (8 p.m., Food Network).

A Christmas…Present
After multiple projects for the Hallmark network, Full (and Fuller) House star Candace Cameron Bure branches out as producer and star of this new holiday movie, on a new network, about a harried real estate agent who learns to value the reason for the season (Great American Family).

MONDAY, Nov. 28
The Great Christmas Light Fight
The search is on for season 10 and more homes with extravagant holiday lighting and over-the-top decorations (10 p.m., ABC).

Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin
New installment of the PP franchise stars Adam Levin reprising his movie role as Bumper Allen, now venturing to Germany when one of his songs becomes a big hit there. With Sarah Hyland (Peacock).

Kids Baking Championship: All Star Holiday Homecoming
Hosts Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli welcome back four previous winners to show off their holiday-cheer kitchen skills (9 p.m., Food Network and Discovery+).

TUESDAY, Nov. 29
Reindeer in Here
New animated holiday original—following tonight’s 1964 classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—is about a young reindeer and his friends who band together to save Christmas. Of course! (9 p.m., CBS).

Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies
True-crime lovers will love this: For the first time, Casey Anthony sits down to answer questions in this three-part limited-series event, sharing her side of the story about her culture-defining trial for killing her own child—and her subsequent acquittal—11 years ago (Peacock).

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30
Willow
Live-action fantasy adventure series—based on the 1988 movie—features an international cast on an epic adventure set in a magical world with brownies, sorcerers, trolls and other mythical creatures—and a young girl destined to unite the realms, defeat an evil queen and bring light to the doom-y darkness (Disney+)

Irreverent
A criminal mediator from Chicago is forced to flee for his life and hide out in a small Australian coastal community while posing as the community’s new reverend. Starring Colin Donnell, PJ Byrne and Ed Oxenbould (Peacock).

THURSDAY, Dec. 1
Hush
New series about a sex and relationship “fixer” (Joyful Drake) who becomes the gatekeeper and problem solver for rich and famous clients who don’t want their between-the-sheets secrets airing out in public (ALLBLK).

Inside the Black Box
New season of the interview series spotlighting artists of color, from producers, directors and writers to musicians, as they reflect on how their complexions have impacted their journeys to success (Crackle).

Zion Morino and Savannah Lee Smith bring the glitter to ‘Gossip Girl.’

Gossip Girl
It’s back to school time tonight for season two of the rebooted series based on the novels of bestselling author Cicily von Giegzesar, about the juicy goings-on at an exclusive Manhattan academy (HBO Max).

Dolly Parton’s Magic Mountain Christmas
The country queen stars in this new holiday special—as herself, putting together a Christmas TV special about the Tennessee “mountain magic” at her theme park, Dollywood. With guest appearances by Willie Nelson, Jimmy Fallon, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus and more (8 p.m., NBC).

READ ALL ABOUT IT
Read all about it in Totally Wired (Thames and Hudson)—author Paul Gorman’s epic account of how once-thriving “music journalism” became a force through magazines like Rolling Stone, Creem, Crawdaddy, Melody Maker and a plethora of smaller, niche ‘zines), giving rise to a pop-cultural explosion of writers, photographers and print outlets. 

How powerful is the influence of entertainment? Pretty potent, according to Entertainment Nation (Smithsonian), an engrossing dive into the wide-ranging effects of movies, TV, music and spectator sports. The handsome volume includes 225 photos of artifacts from the Smithsonian’s pop culture collection, including Frank Sinatra‘s bowtie, Cyndi Lauper‘s dress and a costume from The Handmaid’s Tale.

BRING IT HOME
Prepare to enter a suburban dystopia in Don’t Worry Darling (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment), a psychological thriller about a young housewife (Florence Pugh) who comes to realize something is seriously wrong with the idealized life she’s made with her husband (Harry Styles). Maybe the creepy CEO of her hubs’ company (Chris Pine) has something to do with it….

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Hey, hey, it’s the Monkees! The new Headquarters: Super Deluxe Edition (Rhino) features four CDs and a 7” vinyl. It’s a treasure trove of previously unreleased tracks, early demos, alternative takes and remixes, which provide a soundtrack for the made-for-TV ensemble’s struggle for creative control of their music with their music supervisor, Don Kirschner—and a snapshot of the group’s enthusiastic emergence as a “real band.”